UpBeat Spiritual Living: Doing The Impossible, Part 2
© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button. World Rights Reserved
Today is Part 2 of a discussion of doing what would be considered undoable. What fills, uplifts and sustains each person as they go through these situations? God is limitless: the living, loving, Spirit of ALL Life. Do you notice parallels to situations you have been in? Perhaps you would like to journal out what you’ve experienced, and how the Divine Presence supported or possibly comforted you in those times?
Recently, on an idyllic beach on the coast of Brazil, dozens of people were sunning, relaxing, and swimming. The day was easygoing and calm. Suddenly, lumps appeared in the inbound surf. As they got closer, it became clear that there were about 30 of them. People started walking to the water’s edge to stare in disbelief. It was a group of creatures swimming vigorously toward the shore. They were actually dolphins, headed the wrong way. Beached, they would not survive. The people watching quickly began to experiment with ways to help. The first tried grasping a dolphin by its fins, pulling it back toward the surf. Others saw it was difficult to grip the fins and pull the dolphin, so they tried grasping the tails of other dolphins. Soon, a number of compassionate humans were grasping dolphins and turning them back into the surf. The redirected dolphins then raced away in exactly the direction they had come from, toward deep waters. The day before, would any of these people have thought they would know how to help save a group of dolphins? They had no experience with redirecting confused dolphins. Yet, out of concern for creatures in distress, this group of people promptly pitched in and experimented, successfully saving all of these dolphins. What filled them with the knowledge of how to turn the dolphins? A video shows how quickly and completely this rescue took place: http://elcomercio.pe/player/1384898.
Now flash to the United Kingdom, where, five years ago, an expert horsewoman named Claire Lomas had a freak riding accident. She broke her back, and since, she has been unable to feel anything from the chest down, or to walk. Ms. Lomas, a woman with a drive to meet challenges, decided she wanted to do a marathon. That’s right. She wanted to walk the London Marathon, all 26.2 miles of it. Where did she get the that ambition, that inspiration, that discipline, and the sheer guts to carry through? 2 Timothy 1:7 offers (EST): “ for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Wearing a special suit that provides support, and accompanied by helpers, Ms. Lomas walked 1 ½ miles per day (yes, upright), finishing the London Marathon 16 days after it began. She also raised massive funds for spinal injury research. God has promised many times to be with us, regardless of the challenges we are going through. And he blesses those who challenge their challenges, like Ms. Lomas. After her injury, she got married and gave birth to a baby. She quips that she and the now-toddler compete to see who can walk the fastest. See the ABC News video at: http://abcnews.go.com/International/paralyzed-woman-finishes-london-marathon/story?id=16304503#.UAX1jpF3ex8
Now, as you consider these stories, have you remembered some very difficult situations you have been in, and how they were unreasonably well resolved? Are you now aware of the Divine hand in your experience at that time? Have you met “impossible” challenges, and made them “possible”? Psalm 108:13 says, “With God’s help we will do mighty things…”
Ask yourself, in what areas of life have you been thinking you “can’t?” Make some notes for yourself about aspects of your life that you wish were different but you believe you can’t change. Then, pick something from the list and consider stepping up. Consider taking that spirit of power and love and self-control, and with God’s help, doing mighty things. Will you start today?
● Rev. Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.
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